FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials say federal Medicaid funding is being cut for more than half of the primary-care clinics across the state.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes says the $60 million cut will affect 155 clinics and is a result of a decision by the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide supplemental funding only to facilities that have attained a special certification.
Kentucky Primary Care Association executive director Joe Smith told The Courier Journal (http://cjky.it/13lvMbp) that the cuts will hurt the clinics, which provide services in urban and rural areas.
Haynes said a total of 273 primary-care clinics participate in the program, and 118 have certification.
Clinics without certification can apply, but Haynes said it can take up to 120 to receive a decision.
Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com
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